Morristown and Flanders, New Jersey orthodontist Dr. Joseph Arvayand his friendly staff make every effort to make your visit to our office as stress free as possible. We offer a wide array of services including early orthodontic care, adult treatment, Invisalign® and more! Learn more below about when is the best time to begin orthodontics, some early benefits of early orthodontic evaluation and advantages of interceptive treatment.
When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier you.
Arvay Orthodontics offers comprehensive orthodontic treatment to children and adults in the New Jersey area. Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today.
Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to:
- Gum & Bone Loss.
- Tooth Decay.
- Abnormal Wear of the Tooth Enamel & Surfaces
- Jaw Joint (TMJ/TMD) Pain.
Good news! The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options may include metal braces, translucent braces or transparent aligners that can be worn at night to improve mild cases of misaligned teeth.
During the initial examination, we will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. During this initial examination, we can outline the treatment plan, time of treatment expected and the approximate cost.
A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset – their smile.
Types of Braces
Clear & Metal Braces vs. Invisalign
Arvay Orthodontics in Morristown serves children and adults of all ages for quality orthodontic care. We cater to residents in the following surrounding areas:
A common misconception is that braces are primarily an orthodontic treatment for children. Nowadays, more adults are opting to boost their confidence by straightening their smiles. Straighter and healthier teeth and gums improve facial aesthetics and overall health. We want to give you the smile you have always dreamed of and the smile that you deserve. We offer traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and Invisalign. Read further to learn more about the different types of braces our office offers. Below each description is a list of the benefits of each type.
Metal braces are the traditional braces the media portrays when someone has to have orthodontic treatment. They are made of stainless steel, and are the most common type of braces. This option is most popular due to their affordability. Today, these braces are smaller, more attractive and more comfortable for the patient.
- Smaller & more attractive
Clear ceramic braces are becoming more popular due to their aesthetic appeal. Teenagers and adult patients typically prefer this method of orthodontic treatment. The only disadvantage is that they are more fragile than metal braces and the elastic ties can experience discoloration.
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Same treatment and results
The Invisalign System is made up of clear aligners that are traded out to gradually move teeth. This system is available to our adult patients who have particular bite problems. Schedule an appointment to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign.
- Virtually unnoticeable
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Same results
This appliance is used to move the lower arch forward while at the same time move the upper molars back. This appliance is used for patients who currently have braces. The spring coil rod runs from the top first molar band down to the lower archwire. The Forsus appliance rids the need for uncomfortable headgear and elastics.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Arvay Orthodontics is committed to providing high quality orthodontic treatment to patients in the Morristown and Flanders, NJ area. Dr. Joseph Arvay and his skilled team work hard to ensure that every patient receives the personalized orthodontic treatment they deserve. We use the latest orthodontic treatments and technology in our office in order to ensure maximum results in minimal time. Read on to learn more about Invsialign clear aligners offered by Dr. Arvay.
When Many people hear the word “orthodontics,” the first thing they picture is a teenager with a mouth full of metal and headgear. However, there is now an alternative to traditional metal braces that is virtually invisible: Invisalign® clear aligners.
As the name implies, Invisalign clear aligners are made of almost invisible polyurethane plastic. Where traditional braces are cemented or bonded to teeth, clear aligners are completely removable. You can take them out while you eat, when you need to attend an important social function, when you’re eating, and most importantly, when you brush and floss your teeth. But beware, this advantage can also be a disadvantage: It means you must resist the temptation to take your aligners out more than is advised. Here are some other advantages of the Invisalign system:
- Improved Oral Hygiene — Because Invisalign is removable, you will be able to clean your teeth much more easily than if you were wearing metal braces.
- A Discreet Look — Invisalign offers a discreet form of orthodontic treatment. So, if your prefer to keep your orthodontic treatment private, or you simply feel that metal braces don’t fit with your self-image, Invisalign could be right for you.
- More Dietary Choices — To protect metal wires and braces, some diet modifications are necessary. With clear aligners, you can still bite into an apple or a crispy pizza crust.
- Comfort — The soft, flexible material of which Invisalign is made will not irritate the soft tissues of the mouth, as metal wires and braces can.
- Teeth-Grinding Protection — If you have a teeth-grinding or clenching habit, clear aligners can also function as thin nightguards that will protect your teeth while you sleep.
Clear aligner technology has been improving over the years and can correct many malocclusions that once would have been too complicated for this form of treatment. Yet there are still some situations for which traditional braces would still be best. Dr. Arvay is more than happy to advise you on the best course of orthodontic treatment.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign clear aligners work the same way traditional braces do: by applying carefully controlled forces to teeth to move them into the desired position. But instead of being made from metal, they are made of clear, flexible plastic.
Here’s how it works: Specialized computer software helps Dr. Arvay and his team design a plan that will move your teeth from their current positions into the desired position. This movement is broken down into several dozen stages. For each stage, the Invisalign company will manufacture two plastic mouth “trays” or “aligners,” one to fit over your top teeth and one for the bottom. You will wear this first set of trays for two weeks, for a minimum of 20 hours per day. After two weeks, you will move on to the next set of aligners in your series and continue this pattern until your teeth gradually align.
In the past several years, two features have been added to make Invisalign a more appropriate orthodontic treatment method for teenagers. Special “eruption tabs” maintain the appropriate amount of open space for molars that have not fully grown in. Invisalign for teens also comes with “compliance indicators” built into the aligner material, which fade with wear. This allows parents, dentists, and the teens themselves, to make sure the trays are being worn as prescribed.
Caring for Your Teeth During Invisalign Treatment
Because the Invisalign system is removable, there is no excuse for not properly brushing and flossing your teeth. You’ll need to brush your teeth after each meal or snack so that food and plaque don’t build up in the aligners. You will also have to regularly clean your aligners by brushing them and then rinsing them with lukewarm water.
Also, please keep in mind that while wearing clear aligners is very different from wearing braces, the importance of retaining your post-treatment results is exactly the same. You’ll want to be sure to wear your retainer(s) exactly as prescribed after your treatment is completed to protect your investment in a beautiful new smile.